Maria Ahmed is an award-winning freelance journalist with more than a decade of news and features experience in web and print. She started as a news reporter on The Big Issue and The Times before becoming deputy news editor for www.communitycare.co.uk, where she won the Howard League for Penal Reform Media award and was shortlisted for the Press Gazette Exclusive of the year. Maria has taught at Kingston University since 2010 and has developed new courses in multimedia journalism.
Mary Braid is a former Africa correspondent of the Independent newspaper and also worked as an education correspondent, news reporter and feature writer during her 11 years with the paper. She has since freelanced for a plethora of publications from the Guardian to Marie Claire magazine. She received an MA (Hons) in English and Philosophy from Edinburgh University in 1983 and went back to Birkbeck College, University of London, as a mature, part-time student in 2002 to study for her BSc in psychology. She was much more studious second time round. On the BA in journalism, Mary is currently module leader on the second-year multimedia news writing course and also runs the international journalism and dissertation courses for third year students. She runs the MA dissertation course and also teaches feature writing to MA magazine students.
Before turning to university teaching 11 years ago, Beth Brewster was a feature writer and editor, working at the Observer, Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times and the Sunday Mirror as well as for publications in the arts and heritage world. Beth says: "The thing that thrills me the most is when I watch students grow in confidence, when I see them geared up with the skills and critical ability to be better journalists. That's a great buzz."
In his 30-year career, Professor Brian Cathcart has been a foreign correspondent, book reviewer, sub-editor, defence correspondent, leader writer, sports writer, investigative reporter and an award-winning author of several books. He joined the Independent when it launched and rose to be deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday before becoming a founder member of the media reform group Hacked Off. "The best journalists never stop learning and the worst are the ones who think they know it all," he says.
Jan is an acclaimed magazine editor who was part-founder of award-winning, lifestyle magazine The Insight, located on the south coast. He freelances for a number of national publications including Resurgence & Ecologist and The Independent.
Clare's career encompasses periods as a foreign correspondent in Rome, Brussels and Lisbon, where she was made bureau chief, and more recent stints as a sports reporter covering Chelsea and the Olympics. In addition to her long tenure at Reuters, Clare has worked as a freelancer for the Observer, the Economist, the New Statesman, and the Times Educational Supplement and currently runs a sports journalism module at Kingston.
Sara is an award-winning author and as a journalist in the field of property and personal finance. She has worked chiefly for the Times and Times Online, but also for the London Evening Standard, the Guardian and Channel 4. She has been a freelance writer, author and an editor and is currently working on her PhD journalistic identity in local newspapers.
Azadeh is a foreign correspondent at heart, going out to the Middle East whenever possible. For 10 years she worked across the region covering youth culture and Islamic militancy for TIME magazine and the Los Angeles Times, including long stints in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is devoted to long-form writing, and interrupts her journalism regularly to write and review books. She helped found the citizen journalism project IranWire, and is writing a novel set between contemporary Iran and Europe.
Fiona cut her journalistic teeth as a district reporter on the Kent and Sussex Courier before moving to Reuters as a foreign correspondent, reporting on countries and conflicts across Africa and the Middle East. She spent several years as editor of Gulf States News, and has also worked extensively as consultant editor for the United Nations. Alongside her journalism, Fiona writes fiction and was shortlisted for the Wasafiri News Writing Prize in 2012.
Jennifer is a B2B specialist, having worked her way up from reporter to editor of C & D, the leading media brand for community pharmacy. She was awarded PPA New Section Editor of the Year and led her team to the shortlist for the Guardian/Private Eye Paul Foot award for investigative journalism and BSME Best Original Feature Idea.
Having worked as a news editor at the Daily Mail and Daily Express, Dan Townend knows the very sharp end of tabloid journalism. He was also associate editor of The Sportsman and has worked as a reporter and news editor for two of the country's biggest news agencies. Dan, who runs the journalism department's newspaper, The River, says: "Hard news is the heartbeat of newspapers and a grounding in news reporting is the best training any young journalist can get."
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